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  1. Carl
    November 3, 2013

    I have to admit that Sonkgran is not my favorite holiday in Thailand, but it depends where I am. If I go to province and rural areas, celebrations are normal. At touristic places usually Thai New Year, easily turns into insanity.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      November 3, 2013

      That’s why we went to Ayutthaya. I didn’t want to be in Bangkok or Chiang Mai for songkran.

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  2. Deanna
    April 26, 2013

    Very cool, never heard of Songkran!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 27, 2013

      SO much fun! Hope you get to experience it.

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  3. Kristin of Be My Travel Muse
    April 22, 2013

    I got the menthol talcum on my face and was like “Ahhh! It feels like I put on a Tiger Balm facial mask!” But was on a diving boat, so, the next dive came up and the tingling was short lived.

    Tigger looks so cute spraying the locals with his super soaker!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 22, 2013

      It’s definitely an interesting sensation. LOL

      He had a blast. Anyone with a squirt gun was fair game. I don’t think he felt it was fair to get unarmed people. 😀

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  4. Dyanne@TravelnLass
    April 18, 2013

    That settles it. Next year I simply MUST head over to Thailand for Songkran. And I like your notion of Ayutthaya vs. Bangkok or Chiang Mai.

    Meanwhile… when are you headed here to Vietnam/Dalat, Talon? We have a holiday the end of this month, so I’m tentatively thinking of heading to Hoi An or Nha Trang. Hope we can rendezvous somehow…

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 18, 2013

      Yes, definitely do! I’ll be doing a separate post on Ayutthaya with a recommendation on lodging so you can use that when you come next year if you want. Really loved the town on the island. Could’ve easily stayed longer.

      Da Lat is looking like around mid May or so. Will just depend on how much we fall in love with other places while traveling (and how much we like or not as thoroughly enjoy travel within the country LOL). We arrive in Hanoi on the 25th and will be there for at least a few days.

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  5. Heidi
    April 18, 2013

    I love this! Who doesn’t love a water fight anytime it’s hot? And even better is the community participation and friendship you describe. Just so cool – can’t WAIT to experience this!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 18, 2013

      Exactly! How can you not love it? I can imagine it getting really old after a few days, though. Three days was long enough in my book. In Ayutthaya, it was mostly the 1st day. After that it went so smaller patches of celebrations. But everyone knew where to go if they still wanted to have maximum fun.

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  6. Rhonda @Laugh Quotes
    April 18, 2013

    This holiday looks totally fun. I love the everyone, even the police are in on the fun. the menthol I could do without best the rest sounds like a blast. Glad you made it there and shared your story and photos.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 18, 2013

      It’s a complete joy! And fun to see the police either participating or laughing about it.

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  7. Gillian @GlobalBookshelf
    April 18, 2013

    I loved Songkran in Chiang Mai this year. Watching the families in the small sois of our neighborhood was just as much fun as being down in the moat area and all it’s craziness. It really was just plain, good, old-fashioned, water-fighting fun! Glad you guys liked is too.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 18, 2013

      So much fun! I think I liked the neighborhood celebrations the most. Just seemed so natural. Although, getting sprayed by elephants was also pretty dang cool.

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  8. Lindy
    April 18, 2013

    This sounds like too much fun to handle! I recently learned there’s such a thing as the Color Run, and Germany (possibly more countries?) is picking up what they call the Holi Festival, I haven’t figured out exactly what it means (the website’s in German…), but it looks like some real good fun – instead of water people use a colored powder to cover everyone around them.
    The world may just be picking up some great rites & transforming them in to these amazing events 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 18, 2013

      Both are related to India’s Holi festival. Definitely looks like a lot of fun. One of the things that I really liked about songkran is that it’s the whole country that gets involved, not just isolated areas. Would love to see that happen elsewhere. Hard to go wrong with a celebration that just involves fun. 🙂

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  9. Claus G
    April 17, 2013

    Ah looks / sounds like fun!!
    I learnt about this holiday while vacationing in Thailand last November… Our guy told us how fun in gets, especially in Chiang Mai.
    Definitely one to add to the bucket list, hopefully I’ll make it happen sometime!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 18, 2013

      I definitely encourage everyone to experience it is possible. It’s really hard to describe just how fun it is. Something you have to experience in person. 🙂

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